When Jo Smeeth acquired this’ 80s build, she immediately saw its potential despite its dated look. Few essential changes and an enlightened overview have given it new life.
This house of almost 3000 sq m.2, although ideally located on the shore of a lake, it found no buyers. With her know-how and the knowledge acquired in the sciences of architecture, Jo Smeeth, founder and main designer of INDA Interiors, immediately knew how to deal with the house with its antiquated furniture. “The previous owners had built this house themselves with tall windows and sloping ceilings. For me, the layout absolutely had to live up to this particular architecture.
We first painted most of the walls white to emphasize the volumes of the residence, ”explains Jo. The designer wanted the pieces to be connected in order to give an impression of unity. To do this, he has integrated furniture and accessories (carpets, works of art, wallpaper, etc.) which create a colorful thread between the spaces. However, it was the addition of a huge wardrobe to isolate the entrance, but also divide the living room, that changed everything. “Before this wardrobe was installed, you could see the inside of the house from the street. This wardrobe made our interiors welcoming, yet inviting, and solved our storage problems. “
Efficiency, brightness, color … The slender entrance that leads directly to a large window sums up some of the main design principles of Jo Smeeth. The wardrobe with mirrored doors hides the living room behind.
At sunset, to integrate the natural light, two oversized wall lamps placed above the wardrobe illuminate both the entrance and the living room. A brilliant idea!
Disposition Jo Smeeth, designer, INDA Interiors • Wardrobe IKEA • Tree-shaped coat rack Burrow • Bench Gus * Modern • applique Generation lighting • Cover Alma house
Clad in dark gray painted paneling, the back of the cabinet catches the eye in this living room dominated by bright white that reflects light. The height of the ceiling, in the center, is counterbalanced by the light wooden slats (which echo the floor) which continue their path up to the floor ceiling.
In this room Jo opted for the versatility of a modular sofa. “You can orient it to watch TV and the fireplace, like here, or to move the modules as needed. My daughters love to rearrange the living room, which this sofa allows. “
Modular sofa Gus * Modern • Low table Smashed recovery • Accessories Burrow • Tables Norval Morrisseau
The dining room
“I am very attracted to Scandinavian design, but I like to give it a more personal aspect with my color choices,” says the designer. For this rather small space, he chose a Finnish-inspired table with clean lines and sunny yellow Eames style chairs that give the whole space a sense of vitality.
Table and chairs lair
The retro stove and hob are a tribute to the construction date of the house. To recreate the atmosphere of the 80s, Jo Smeeth painted the wardrobes in dusty beige; this shade is superbly highlighted by the bright white of the walls and appliances. The space is exploited to the maximum and the storage space optimized in this small room.
Retro kitchen and hob smeg • Tea towel Stoney Lake Textiles
The guest room
The atmosphere invites you to daydream. “I chose the wallpaper for my mother, who comes to visit us often and she loves butterflies”. To avoid creating too strong a contrast between the rich pattern and the white walls and ceiling, Jo Smeeth painted one of the walls a bright green in the wallpaper. She also filled the bed with some colorful accessories like deep green pillows and yellow plaid.
Memories also have a place in this room. The chandelier above the bed is the first lamp Jo and her husband bought, and the Azores painting above the dresser – a piece of furniture inherited from Jo’s father – recalls the owners’ family origins.
Bed Western elm • Bedside tables Sense of home • Bedding MacAusland wool mills • Cushions Swell Made Company • Exotic butterflies background Schumacher • Square family property • Arsenic painting (right wall) Farrow & Ball
The girls’ room
For the two girls, coexistence is happiness, especially since their beds are stacked and they enjoy an adjacent playroom. “One bedroom is even faster to clean than two,” notes Jo Smeeth. She left no stone unturned to make the room attractive. “I wanted a playful and playful decor.”
It was above all the textured aspect of the striped wallpaper that seduced her. She married a huge painting that stands out against a pink painted wall. Since all the girls’ clothes are stored in a closet, she was able to install a comfortable chair with a footrest instead of a chest of drawers.
Bunk beds Canada egg • Armchair and pouf Gus * Modern • launched MacAusland wool mills • yellow pillow Western elm • beige cushion Pehr • Color Stripe Wallpaper & Rangwali Paint (Wall) Farrow & Ball
The master bedroom
Located on the ground floor, behind the living room, the bedroom is a completely black environment that highlights the white ceiling, the artwork and the furniture. “This bed is the best purchase we have made. It is the key element of this furniture ”, confides the designer. He asked for an important investment, but she doesn’t regret it at all because the bed base and mattress are guaranteed for 50 years.
Bed He hurries • Bedside tables Case and Barrel • Bedding Fine Linen Au Lit • launched MacAusland wool mills • Patterned pillow Swell Made Company • Gray pillows Indaba trade • Square Jenny Kastner • Black green paint (walls) Sherwin-Williams
Jo Smeeth wanted to enjoy both a bath and a shower but hide the toilet in this room which was barely 10 ‘x 11’. “We opted for a sliding door that saves space,” she points out.
Natural light enters abundantly through a window placed near the ceiling, characteristic of the original construction. “We respected the spirit of the house, updating it,” Jo concludes.
Vanity and door Varcroft & White • Sliding door system 1925 Workbench • Bath tub Hardware signature • Taps Rubinet Rubinetto company • Turquoise ceramic Fire clay tile • Square Cristina Flynn